July 30, 2021

A pallet workbench for future builders!

Now this is definitely one of the best kid’s workbench / play table we’ve ever seen!

We think most children, with their curious minds, love to tinker with just about anything they get their hands to. So if you have kids (or know someone), then you can build this workbench as a gift for them! They’ll surely love you even more. 🙂

There are many benefits to fostering your child’s creativity through DIY projects. Showing kids that you can build what you need helps them develop good imagination even as it encourages self-expression.

Kids Pallet Workbench

Can you believe that this pallet workbench is owned by a two-year-old?? Yes it is!

This boy who loves to work with his dad in their shop quickly outgrew his plastic toy. Dad thought it was time to give him a new table, and so this project!

Kids Pallet Workbench Finished Product

Why not? If your kids are showing signs of becoming future DIYers or builders, then this is the perfect workstation for them. Is your child more into the arts and crafts? This is still the perfect gift! 😉

Isn’t this idea just in time for Christmas??

Materials:

  • 9 Pallet Boards
  • Small Post for Legs
  • Plywood Scraps

Tools:

  • Miter Saw
  • Drill
  • Planer
  • Jointer
  • Brad Nailer
  • Table Saw
  • Screws
  • Polyurethane

Steps:

Kids Pallet Workbench

To start you just need to make a small plywood base. I had some leftover scraps of landscape timber from a sandbox I made that made perfect legs. They were flat on one side so I ran them through the planer so it would be sliver free.

I cut the legs at 19in and then put a 15 by 29 piece of plywood on top of the legs. The 19 in makes it a good hight for my son but yours may have to be taller or shorter. The 15 by 29 was the size of scrap plywood that I had. It is a very good size and looks proportional. Once the base is done, it’s on to the back.

Kids Pallet Workbench

The back is the same size as the base. I cut two pieces of one by four for the back support. I cut them at 21 in and screwed them on the back of the legs. Then screw the back on the supports and your ready for the pallet boards.

Kids Pallet Workbench

When I want a pallet project to look really nice I run them through the planer. You have to take all of the nails out so you don’t ruin your blades. Make sure that you run all of the boards through the planer the same amount so they are the same thickness.

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Kids Pallet Workbench

Then run the boards through the jointer so the will fit together without large gaps. Place on the bench so you can see how the fit. If you have to much overhang you can rip one of the boards so everything fits well.

Kids Pallet Workbench

I think the key to making a pallet project really awesome is the little details. It’s the little stuff that shows you made it out of pallets because your creative, not because your cheap.

Kids Pallet Workbench

I ripped a pallet board to 1 1/2 in for a trim piece. Then I started to lay the planed boards. There is overhang on both sides so you can move the pallets around to show the best grain. Once you have it where you like it, cut to size and use a brad nailer to nail the boards in place.

Kids Pallet Workbench

I used two of the scrap pieces of pallet to make a small shelf. Just use the brad nailer to nail together and then attach through the back with the same nailer.

I used a fostner bit to drill six small holes to fit his screwdriver set.

Kids Pallet Workbench

When I stepped back and took a look at what I had done so far… I knew it needed more. So a shelf in the middle filled that space very well.

I just cut a piece of plywood the same dimensions as the top, 15x 29. Then I cut out the corners so they would fit around the legs. I used some scrap wood and screwed to the inside of the legs to hold up the ply. Then to make it look nice and add some strength I put a trim piece all the way around with the brad nailer.

Kids Pallet Workbench

I used a water based satin polyurethane that I really like. I did two coats and sanded in between. The poly is low oder and dries really fast. It add protection and just a little shine.

Kids Pallet Workbench Finished Product

And there it is… A fun little work bench that had provided hours of entertainment already. My son seems to really like it. Thanks for reading this and I hope you have as much fun doing this as I did.

Thanks to  for this great project!

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